Rock Me Baby Makes Graded Stakes Debut in Friday's Eddie D.
The hard-knocking Cal-bred Rock Me Baby looks to stamp his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup in Friday’s $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park. The race is the local prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, run on Saturday, November 2.
Never off the board in 10 lifetime starts, “Rocky” as he’s known around the barn, has five wins to his credit, all with jockey Edwin Maldonado in the irons. Most recently he prevailed by a neck in a tough second level allowance on August 17 at Del Mar.
The 4-year-old son of Rock Hard Ten is no stranger to the downhill course, with a win and a close second over it earlier this year.
The Eddie D. is Rocky’s first attempt against graded stakes competition. “This horse shows up every single time,” says trainer Craig Dollase. “After his last win at Del Mar, we sat down and decided we want to try and get him to the Breeders’ Cup, and this downhill turf race looked like the most logical spot. This is the toughest field he’s ever faced, but he couldn’t be training any better and if he runs his race, I expect him to be right there.”
WPT Partners and their families are headed to Santa Anita tomorrow to cheer Rock Me Baby on and hopefully get their picture taken for the sixth time.
The Eddie D. is race 8 on Friday's card with a 4:33 PT post time. Rock Me Baby breaks from post seven under regular pilot Edwin Maldonado.
Happy Partners after Rocky's last win: